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Paul Merryman

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Lives in
Moraga, California

Works in
Moraga, California


abstract, watercolor painting drawing


My fundamental motivation in creating art is based upon my visual curiosity of structure, order and transformation that are underlying qualities of nature.  I am fascinated with the constant flux intrinsic in nature, the life - death cycle; structures arising, expanding, collapsing, fading, while new structures are generated.  My artwork draws upon a variety of sources which include; my imagination, direct observation of nature and scientific concepts of our subatomic and cosmic universe.

All of my work reflects my desire to represent an experience of structural order and transformation into which we are woven.  I approach this by constructing layered imagery which evoke these qualities.  For example, as I begin a new work, a visual relationship develops between myself and the materials which guides me towards the completion of the artwork.  This relationship is a fluid process of give and take which prompts my intuitive responses as I discover the path towards the artwork’s completion.  The resulting artwork, an accumulation of layered imagery, physically embodies a composition of structural order in flux.



1986 Bachelor of Fine Arts,  University of California,  Los Angeles, CA

Solo Exhibitions

1994 Ann Arbor Public Library, Ann Arbor, MI

Group Exhibitions


2013 Berkeley Art Center, "Array", Berkeley, CA

         California State Fair, “2013 Fine Arts Exhibition”, Sacramento, CA

         Pro Arts Gallery, "Transport: Where we go from here...", Oakland, CA


2012 Berkeley Art Center, "Wonder", Berkeley, CA

         California State Fair, “2012 Fine Arts Exhibition”, Sacramento, CA

         Sanchez Art Center, "Left Coast Annual", Pacifica CA

         Flow Art Space, "Purely Paper", Minneapolis, MN


2011 Berkeley Art Center, "Shine", Berkeley, CA

         Root Division, 10th Annual Auction, San Francisco, CA

         Berkeley Art Center, "California!", Berkeley, CA


2010 Berkeley Art Center, "Green", Berkeley, CA


2009 Napa Valley Museum, "Take a Chance on Miniatures!", Yountville, CA


1993 Sally Cote Gallery, "Spring", San Francisco, CA

Open Studios, Oakland, CA


1990 Westside Cafe Gallery, Berkeley, CA


1987 Livestock Gallery, "Mind Bending Freakism", Hollywood, CA


1986 Wright Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Culver City Studios, Culver City, CA


Public Art Commission


1984 Mural project for UCLA Olympic Village, UCLA Olympic Committee, Los Angeles, CA



2012 California State Fair Fine Art Exhibition, Award of Excellence

            Juror: Brenda Louie, Artist and Art Professor at Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA

         California State Fair Fine Art Exhibition, Award of Merit

            Juror: Lial A. Jones, Director of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

         Artslant January Juried Show Winner


2011 Artslant November Juried Show Winner


2010 Artslant April Juried Show Winner

Artslant May Juried Show Winner




2012 "Art Takes Miami", Artists Catalogue, International Publication

1986 Westwind Arts Magazine,  Los Angeles,  CA

1986 National Collegiate Arts Review,  Champagne,  IL




1994 Ann Arbor News, “Untitled No. 1 is Mandatory Viewing”, by John Carlos Cantu, Ann Arbor, MI

Recent Exhibits

Paul Merryman participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2013 ARRAY (Part 1): Artists Annual Exhibition
Berkeley Art Center
Jan, 2013 TRANSPORT: Where we go from here...
Pro Arts Gallery
Apr, 2012 2012 Left Coast Annual
Sanchez Art Center
Aug, 2011 California! All Media: 28th Annual Juried Exhibition
Berkeley Art Center
Dec, 2010 GREEN: Berkeley Art Center Members Showcase
Berkeley Art Center
Nov, 2009 “Take-a-Chance-on-Miniatures!”
Napa Valley Museum
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